Johnson Denounces Ban


Protesters demonstrate at DFW Airport in opposition to President Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from entering United States. (Photo Courtesy Office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson)

DALLAS, TX – On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released a statement following the detentions at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and across the nation due to the executive order signed by President Donald Trump banning Muslims from seven countries.
“I stand in solidarity with the refugees, immigrants and their loved ones who are being banned from entering our country. This does not represent the America that is made up of immigrants or the values we cherish, one being freedom of religion.” said Johnson. “Yesterday across the nation and here at the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport many people were being detained and were not allowed entry into our country. This was all a result of the most recent executive action signed by President Trump banning individuals from seven dominant Muslim countries to enter our country. During this time there is a lot of confusion and families being torn apart. I am aware and waiting to be fully briefed on how many people are being detained at the DFW airport, so my staff and I can fully provide assistance and guidance to those who need it.”
On January 30, Congresswoman Johnson joined 176 of her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives by co-sponsoring H.R. 724, the Statue of Liberty Values Act.  This important bill would deny any federal funding from being used to enforce President Trump’s recent Executive Order banning travel from certain Muslim countries into the United States and suspending the Refugee Admissions Program.  The bill was introduced on Monday, January 30th and the Congresswoman is proud to support such a measure, which is consistent with our democratic values as a nation.